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Mugello MotoGP race facts

Mugello MotoGP race facts

Ahead of the MotoGP race this afternoon at the Gran Premio d'Italia Alice, motogp.com brings you a selection of key facts at the sixth round of the World Championship.

Ahead of the MotoGP race this afternoon at the Gran Premio d'Italia Alice, motogp.com brings you a selection of key facts at the sixth round of the World Championship.

- Casey Stoner starts from pole for the first time in 2007. His only previous MotoGP pole was in Qatar last year.

- This is the first pole for both Ducati and Bridgestone since Loris Capirossi at Motegi last year.

- If Casey Stoner does not win the race it will set a new record of eight MotoGP successive races without a race being won from pole position.

- Chris Vermeulen starts from the front row for the first time since he was on pole at Laguna Seca last year.

- Vermeulen is aiming to become the first Suzuki rider to take back-to-back victories since Kenny Roberts won the opening two races of the 1999 season in Malaysia and Japan.

- The last time that Australian riders took the top two places on the grid was at Donington Park in 1995 when Mick Doohan was on pole ahead of Daryl Beattie.

- Valentino Rossi is aiming to become the first rider ever to win his home Grand Prix for six consecutive seasons.

- Olivier Jacque starts from his best grid position since he qualified third at Catalunya in 2003.

- Loris Capirossi has had five premier-class podiums here, including a victory in 2000 – the first Italian to do so at Mugello.

- Marco Melandri is aiming to score his first home podium in MotoGP.

- Randy de Puniet and Olivier Jacque will be aiming to improve on Kawasaki's previous best at Mugello - a tenth place finish for Shinya Nakano in 2005.

- John Hopkins' tenth place here last year is the best result for Suzuki at the Mugello with its four-stroke MotoGP machine.

- Alex Barros can become only the third rider ever, after Mick Doohan and Valentino Rossi, to pass the milestone of 2000 premier-class points by finishing seventh or above.

- Alex Hofmann, who enjoyed his best ever finish in fifth place at Le Mans, is scheduled to make his 100th Grand Prix start.

- Bridgestone riders have won four of the first five races of the year which already equals their total number of victories in 2006 - their most successful year in MotoGP so far.

- The last non-Michelin rider to win at Mugello was Wayne Rainey in 1991 on Dunlop.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2007, GRAN PREMIO D'ITALIA ALICE

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